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e Patience irran. Who tt to Go liopt It ** R s. John H. Curran, of St. Louis, the oui ja board invelisi, poetess and adopted mother of the spirit guided child, Patience Worth Wee. ping of a child t In some indefinable way'"ehe"? subconscious personality, phantom of the oui ja board, siqn or whatever one may determine to call it??aa ;e ^certain actual physical ties. She points, for in let, to the resemblance of hair and eyes. It is a rela Iship that even the Currans do not pretend to under id ; something hopeless to those who stand outside the itie, maze of spiritualism. That "Patience" consider* self the spiritual mother is positive?it is also certain she thinks of herself in terms of a flesh-and-blood her as well 1 According to her story, as told by Mrs. ?ran, "Patience" lived and died a spinster. Mrs. Cur herself is childless. Nothing better can be done than jive Mrs. Curran'? own explanation of this extraer iry condition of affairs. Of course," she saM, "the hands of 'Patience rth' are invisible, and so where they are laid, in gu'td or in smiting, often is not discernible. That she is, m ? gli the in?? iitliers of our household, having much to with everything in connection with the raising of the e, 1 thoroughly believe. "The times, however, are rare"when she has, in so ?y words, told Us what to do. Like a good superin ient, ehe confines her orders to the times when she s ?? going wrong, and aa long as we are going right hing is said. The babe was a weakling at firat, and it was often ?dieted that we would never raise it. Early in its life had trouble with its food, ahd the family doctor at ipted to lighten its food in order to let it recuperate, realising the danger of starvation in the meantime. in-???-.?' at tins moment stepped in and t?ld us it must 'e "pap, pap, and more pap!' And* when we called.in pecialiet he began right away to fill it up with 'pap,' ? it soon got all right. "Another time when some trouble wu on, 'Patience* ? us to 'herb* it, and when we asked what herb to give ihe said 'catnip and fennel.' We sent ,for some, and in the doctor came we told him of it; he laughed as he I us that he had brought a bottle of it along with him the baby 1 "But we have given the child good care physically. > mental and spiritual part of it, the most important t. we are, of course, the most anxious about. Its men ty is positively astounding. At two years of age it ? singing songs to a banging accompaniment on the no and was talking much At three years it is saying rything it hears snd putting sentences together in a rtling, original way. G( is by mean* of the oui je board that Mra, Curran declares aha writs* the spook novels, and takes instruction for bringing up tha baby fust as the spirit of "Patienoe Worth" dictatea to bar. John H. Curran. "Since it WM two it baa laid the fol lowing prayer, which 'Patience' gave u? to take the place of the old 'Now I lay me,' because it has a line which, she ?aid, would frighten the children and that waa not right? "?, Thy child forever, play About Thy knees this close of day. Within Thy arm I now shall creep And learn Thy wisdom while I sleep, Amen.' "Once we asked 'Pa tience' if the child would be something out of the common, and she replied that this was not her hope; that if it would grow to shed one pure ray of God's light she would be satisfied. " '! say,' she told us one day, 'that this wee one is more than a sign for earth to follow, for she hath with?u her small hand the key that unlocks even the heart of the great God, the key of love. " Tho paths of earth are filled up of these wee ones Wastes, lost loves, lost, upon the torrent-swept sea of earth 's day without one beam or broken spar to bear up their frailness. Behold, ? this babe is the very dregs of sorrow, yet now clothed in love, look upon herl Glori fiedf Oh, ye men! look upon her lips. The purity of God's love is upon them and His heart may.be read within her eyes. " 'Nothing that contains the fire of Love can be called a poor task, and I say that since those who live on earth are loth to take these babes, then behold, these hands shall lay hold upon flesh and minister unto it, even though no man seeth their working I' "I lave gathered from 'Patience,' " went on Mrs. Curran following these quotations, "that she not only takes the keenest delight in having thi? child of her own, but she has hopes that the fact of her having adopted it may encourage others to do the same, and thus the little, helpless arms that are now raised to blank ceilings and reach no mothering breast, and the little, weak voices that call for the mother and hear no answering word, may be given at least a mother's love once removed, and thus feed the life of the child and the heart of the one who takes it. " 'God sha.ll come to the hearts of earth from ont the babes,' said ?'Patience,' 'for surely aince God is in man, he muet be renewed to the earth through the coming of babea. " 'Sir.' the aaid one night to a sweet girl who was holding tbe Wee, 'thon knowett the warmth of the bright flame that is kindling within thee at the touch of this wee hand. Wrap thine arms about this wee sma' flesh and let thy love clothe her warm. The ' earth hath a rich atore of love, but the hands of men have locked up the atore and it takes the hand of a babe to open it up. ' "From every land and clime have eome presents and recognition for the flesh representative of the great teacher of love of God and Christ, 'Patience Worth.' There have been many prayers from "Patience" to God for her baby, but this one, given upon her christening day, is the fairest of them all : ."Out from the white lilies clothe her. Out from ita stored and glisten ing gold, to give her treasurer. Pluck from the deep blue, the steadfast sky, the opening unto depths that it may be hers. Leave Thou the sun at every dawn to show his light upon the hover ing shadows that may ahow they be but phantoms. "Yet, leave her woe I Ah. strip her not of thisl Make full her cup that she may know Thy heights and depths. Open up her heart and write Thee there no promise of some golden real as price, but write Thy words, and teach her lips to kits them. Amen." It will no doubt occur to some to ask why, with "Patience Worth's" exceptional advantages of acquiring, all wisdom in the spiritual world, it is necesiary to call in a purely mortal physician for the ailments of little Patience Wee., To this Mrs. Curran answers : '"Patience" wants us to do everything for the baby that we can possibly do without her assistance. This ap plies also to her physician. There is no daily consultation with 'Patience' regarding her care, clothing or training. Dr. L. C. Stocking, infant specialist, has donated his ser vices to the baby as long as she lives and he is practicing. There has been no serious disagreement between the doctor and 'Patience/ 'Patience' ia not consulted aa long as the baby seems to be doing well under the doc tor's eare. No condition has ever arisen when 'Patience' and the physician were at' variance. " In fact, "Patience." tells the doctor whenever Mr?. Curran disobeys his instructions. Mrs. Curran liked to fondle the child and could not bear to hear it cry. .The doctor thought that a baby ought to cry a certain amount. "Patience" would tell the physician every time Mra. Curran quieted it. Again, it waa too great a temptation to keep rYom dressing the bnfiy up, and this was against the instructions of "Patience." , "Patience/ says Mrs Curran, "pre?fere very plain dress, somewhat ob the order of the <>?fl Puritan style, sombre clothes of drab and gray, possibly touches of white at the wrist and neck. She wants her ahoes amply large and comfortable and is against anything that will Mrs. Curran giving Little Patience Worth Wee a message from the spirit mother "Patience Worth." bind Jhe body in any way. The baby looks very attrac tive in the poke bonnet, pettiskirt, bodice and cape of the old Puritan days. But the temptation is to put on frilla." "Patience" told the doctor about Mrs. CuH*aiVs dis obedience in these words: "Thou takest care of the innards of the wee one's, and these here take care of the outard.? There are no frills upon tbe insides, but lawk ! The ? be frills, and ribbons and trumpery op the outard!'?' Such is the'unique etory of the ^aV/ who is being raised by a "ghost." In the situi.ion lies a most in teresting possibility which has already served as a theme for several motion picture stories?Amt eis, the develop ment of ? child who later becomes the central figure, the priestess, if not the gciddess of a religious sect which has grown up around her Clearly, to those who believe that little Patience Worth Wee is an actual link between the spiritual world and this material world, she becomes a unique personality, a child set apart from others. She provides a nucleus for ju?t such a religious order ss, in imagination, the motion pictures have dealt with. Al ready, as Mrs Cnrran says, she hss received presents from all quarters of the world. What is to be her future!